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Finely-engraved small map of the Western Hemisphere featuring a prominent Island of California and three elaborate cartouches.

Place/Date: Paris / 1700
Title: L’Amerique, Meridionale et Septentrionale Dressee selon les Dernieres Relations et Suivant les Nouvelles Decouvertes…
22.7 x 33.5 cm (9 x 13.3 in)
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This map of the Western Hemisphere by famed cartographer Nicolas de Fer is characterized by a mix of new discoveries and cartographic myths. A large Island of California with an indented coast stretches north from the Tropic of Cancer. To its north is a note that mentions access to a northern straight, a reference to the ever-wished-for Northwest Passage, but the Pacific Northwest is left largely blank.

The North American interior is dotted with spurious lakes, including a large Carolina lake, and a curious take on the drainage system of the Mississippi River. The Rio Grande is mapped with fair accuracy. The colony of Jamestown is plotted.

The map also depicts a partial coastline of New Zealand, based upon the discoveries of Abel Tasman, with the rest cleverly hidden under a cartouche.

This is the first state of the map, with publisher “Chez l’Autheur.”


Condition Description

Remnants of a few pieces of archival tape to backside; tears at top left corner and vertical fold expertly repaired, washed with a few areas of loss at margins, still very nice, with clear impression; very good.


Leighly 105; McLaughlin 135; Tooley 61; Wagner NW Coast 482.

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